Confessions of a centaur

Victor Price

About the book…

And so, dear ghost.
a child again, I see you
steady, whole, continuous. You swim
beside me down that sustaining stream
which no one - such is our curse
or blessing - ever enters twice.

­ from ‘Thinking a Dead Man’

Victor Price’s second collection represents the slowly matured work of over twenty years. Its subject matter ranges from his native Ulster to the wider world of Hiroshima and the Falklands war.

Yet more than being an exploration of place and belonging, or a wry debunking of political posturing, Confessions of a Centaur unveils a diverse human landscape. Price’s poems offer the reader profound meditations on the triumphs and limitations of art, the space age, even love itself'; they are underpinned by a sense of mortality and lost time, leavened by a sometimes sardonic humour. 

Above all, they reflect a vibrant interplay of the classical and modern worlds in the poet’s imagination. 

In their breadth of reference, their intelligence and their power of expression these are poems for the twenty-first century, to be returned to again and again, throwing a highly distinctive light on what Price calls ‘the aghast nakedness of man’.

Photo of the author, Victor Price

About the author…

Victor Price was born in Newcastle, Co Down in 1930. Educated at Queen’s University, Belfast, he was A linguist by inclination and education. He taught briefly in Ireland and Germany before going local into broadcasting in 1956.

He has published several novels set in foreign climbs, reflecting his experience of work and travel across the globe: The Death of Achilles, The Other Kingdom and Caliban’s Wooing and his latest Chinese Opera. His most recent works are an historic novel, The Ninety Eight and a poetry collection, Winter Wheat.

He has translated Buchner’s plays for OUP paperbacks. He started writing poetry as a young man. A pamphlet, Overkill, appeared from Ulsterman Publications in 1980 and his first full volume Two Parts Water was published by Peterloo Poets later that year. A play, Love Among the Tulips (2001), was produced at the Edinburgh Fringe and won a Scottish playwright award.

He has also edited an edition of the popular local dialect Ulster writer, Richard Rowley entitled Apollo in Mourne:  Poems, Plays and Stories (1977). He is also a member of the Ulster History Circle.